Do you prefer to dine under the stars and enjoy the surroundings of a nice courtyard or garden? Then our recommended list of alfresco dining in London is all you need. For those late summer evenings or lazy afternoons, it's easy to find a picturesque location at the back of a reputable restaurant with our handy guide to alfresco dining in London. Of course, it may just be that you can't get through a meal without a ciggy. In which case, our list is invaluable.
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Situated within The Royal Opera House, the Amphitheatre Restaurant is the perfect venue for pre-performance dining with an alfresco terrace.
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
(020) 7212 9254
Get a quick bite to eat in the intimate courtyard garden of Aurora near Oxford Circus.
49 Lexington Street, Soho, London, W1F 9AP
(020) 7494 0514
Bentley's Restaurant has always been well known in London dining circles and if you haven't already sampled the cuisine here it's worth putting it top of your list. Enjoy live piano and jazz from some of the UK's biggest artists.
11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4DG
(020) 7734 4756
Bluebird is a stylish and modern venue combining a cafe, forecourt, barbecue, restaurant, bar, food store, bakery and wine cellar.
350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU
Bluebird also boasts a delectable food menu of sophisticated comfort food and modern British meals and are all cooked using only the finest ingredients.
(020) 7559 1000
This sophisticated venue near the Royal Academy also has an area outside for a spot of al fresco dining in the summer sunshine.
5a Burlington Gardens, Mayfair, London, W1S 3EP
(020) 7434 1500
From atop of one of the more odd looking (and oddly named) buildings in the city, Coq d'Argent provides sumptuous French cuisine from a beautiful roof terrace during the summer.
No 1 Poultry, The City, London, EC2R 8EJ
(020) 7395 5000
Located within The City, Davy's at Woolgate offers a wide selection of world wines alongside a food menu of British and Mediterranean cuisine. Extensive seating is available outside making it a good choice for alfresco dining and drinking.
25 Basinghall Street, The City, London, EC2V 5HA
(020) 7600 5216
One of Islington's best kept secrets, Frederick's contains a splendid conservatory which opens out onto a gorgeous garden for summer dining.
Camden Passage, Islington, London, N1 8EG
(020) 7359 2888
10 Paternoster Square, City, London, EC4M 7DX
(020) 7618 9520
The Happenstance bar and restaurant has a great choice of world wines, killer cocktails, beers and spirits. There is also a seasonal food menu made using locally sourced produce.
A visit to this exciting British restaurant in St James's Park offers sensational views of London from the terrace.
St James's Park, St James's, London, SW1A 2BJ
(020) 7451 9999
Le Pont de la Tour is a splendid restaurant that boasts impressive views of the river. Following a major makeover, Le Pont de la Tour's interior is inspired by a French cruise liner and features a nautical element throughout.
The Butlers Wharf Building, 36d Shad Thames, South Bank, London, SE1 2YE
Head Chef Frederick Forster creates classic French cuisine that has unexpected twists. Menu highlights include roasted Orkney scallop, violet artichokes; whole grouse, liver croûte, root vegetables and blackberries; and crêpes Suzettes.
(020) 7403 8403
With the weather getting warmer, Michael Nadra Primrose Hill makes the perfect destination for dinner and drinks whilst relaxing within the elegant garden area.
42 Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8JD
(020) 7722 2800
Dine amongst olive trees and rosemary bushes in Vauxhall Park.
190 Fentiman Rd, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1QY
(020) 7091 0240
The Pastaio terrace is a prime Soho spot to enjoy a lazy lunch and feast of handmade pasta dishes alongside Pastaio’s renowned prosecco slushies.
19 Ganton Street, Soho, London, W1F 9BN
Pastaio has also recently launched a seafood sharing pasta for two, containing pickled white crab, mussels, clams, langoustines and prawns – the ultimate summer dish!
The terrace at Quo Vadis seats up to 18, providing customers with a specially-created Quo Vadis Terrace menu and cocktail list.
26-29 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3LL
(020) 7437 9585
12 New Street Square, City, London, EC4A 3BF
(020) 7842 0750
The Refinery on New Street Square is a stylish restaurant, bar and terrace. Expect a varied cocktail list offering a selection of both classic and signature choices.
The Refinery offers a seasonal, all-day dining menu with dishes including crispy duck flatbread; Thai coconut curry; and sirloin steak sandwich.
Dine in the glorious surroundings of the RIBA's roof terrace, complete with water features.
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD
(020) 7631 0467
Tower of London, The Wharf, St Katharine's & Wapping, London, EC3N 4AB
(020) 3166 6949
Sargeant's Mess is a diner and café situated at the Tower of London serving an all-day British menu. A modern and comfortable restaurant, guests can relax and soak in views of the river Thames and the Tower of London.
With a beautiful terrace on the Thames, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner tucked under the historic walls inside or out, whatever the weather.
With great views and fair prices, Serpentine Bar and Kitchen in Hyde Park is one alfresco dining experience that won’t break the bank.
Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
(020) 7706 8114
Situated on the Grand Union Canal, The Summerhouse provides you with 'that holiday feeling' whether you're outside overlooking the beautiful waters or inside enjoying a summer salad.
Opposite 60 Blomfield Road, Maida Vale, London, W9 2PD
(020) 7286 6752